World Cup venue opts for oval ball opener

JOHANNESBURG - The first purposely-built stadium for next year's World Cup will open next month with a rugby match at the 48,000-seater venue in Port Elizabeth. The British Lions tour match against the new Southern Kings franchise on June 16 would mark the first event at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, one of six built from scratch for the 2010 finals, municipal officials confirmed on Wednesday. The opening of the venue will bring to five the number of World Cup stadiums already operational.